Tarell Alvin McCraney Reinvigorates the Geffen Playhouse by Recentering on LA Artists

Office With a View: The newly instated artistic director and Oscar-winning “Moonlight” screenwriter looks to the future of Westwood’s “friendly neighborhood playhouse”

Tarell Alvin McCraney Office With a View
The Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Tarell Alvin McCarney (Credit: Jeff Lorch/Christopher Smith for TheWrap)

Tarell Alvin McCraney does not shy away from the toughest — and what he calls “provocative” — question facing theater-makers today: Who’s going to the theater to help them stay afloat?

Theater as an art form has stood the test of time — but times have rarely been as existentially daunting for the business as they are today. The last year has seen programming suspensions, layoffs and rounds of emergency fundraising at such rock-steady institutions as the Public Theater in New York City, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Los Angeles’ own Mark Taper Forum. Per a July report from American Theatre, 35 regional theaters and counting have closed since March 2020.


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